Monday, March 17, 2014

Hastypearl Goes MAD CHEMIST !!!! I'm Mad For FRAGRANCE, That Is

Hastypearl Goes MAD  CHEMIST!

I'm Mad For FRAGRANCE, That Is :)

My mother has migraines. Serious migraines.
Thankfully, she has found a medicine, that helps her when she feels one coming on.

What does that have to do with Fragrance?
Well, its Fragrance, for Her and Many others, that triggers their terrible headaches.

It makes me very sad for that part of the population, because I ADORE fragrance, 
and don't know how I would live Without it.

NO rose, gets planted in my garden, that isn't Fragrant! :) 
Who wants to give up the precious square footage for one, that doesn't Smell Great! :) Celebrate Fragrance...I mean a Personalized...handpicked By You fragrance....

I thought that I would share a little experiment that I just did, this morning.
Its a Twist on Something that I have done for years, and I don't know why it took me so long to think of it.

As mentioned, I have made scented oils, lotions and hand soaps, for years.

Additionally, I LOVE to have reed diffusers placed around my home,
but, Buying them, has always been Very Expensive!

It finally occurred to me, that there is a recipe for just about EVERYTHING on the internet, and that there Probably was one for making your own Diffuser oils. 
I did a quick research and I was right...
I found out, that the process of making your own reed diffusers, Couldn't be Easier!

Let me show you how to do it!

Many grocery and whole food stores, have in their meds departments, Essential Oils.
If you haven't given yourself the "Gift" of spending a few minutes smelling these products, you Must!

So, I found several articles that guided me along.
One of them really spoke to me, because it explained fragrance, and certainly aroma Blending, 
as a 
Three Noted Chord.

There are... 

Top Notes.
Middle Notes.
Base Notes.

Just like music!

I got out my collection of essential oils...yes, they can seem expensive, but I have added to my collection for MANY years, and they still are very fresh. And Remember, you dont have to buy all of them, just the ones that you love, and you Only use a few drops at a time. 

I found it very interesting, that over the years I had bought more 
Top Notes and Middle Notes 
and only ONE, Base Note.

Just remember...this is Try to stay loose about it...

So, the process, is really just like cooking. 
If you use the basic recipe, you are VERY likely to come up with something that you Really like AND it will cost lots less than those that you find in the stores! 

Pictured the basic recipe.

I used Safflower Oil and Vodka and I diverted a little bit from the recommended 15 drops of essential oil method on the above recipe, in favor of the Three Noted Chord idea that I will soon explain.
However, BOTH work equally as well.

Yes, I have kept extra reeds and used bottles from reed diffuser previous purchases, but I also own wood skewers that I've used for Shishkabob making, and I have Chopsticks. 
Any of those will work.

And ANY small glass bottle that you have, will work fine.
I actually tuck my bottles behind things in a room, and you never even know that they are there...except for the soft, subtle fragrance that they emit.:)

Gather up your components.

The equation, that the article I mentioned suggests this:
In a well balanced fragrance...there are...

30% Top Notes
50% Middle Notes
20 % Base Notes

Like I said...Don't Get  Obsessive!
Just have fun!!!!

So, I put the oil and vodka in my bottle and put my finger over the top opening and give it a swirl.

THEN, I added my Essential Oil drops...Remember, a little goes a long way.
Im no mathematician, but I just broke the formula down to Roughly...

3 Drops Top Notes
5 Drops Middle Notes
2 Drops Base Notes

Again, I put my finger over the opening at the top of the bottle and swirled it again.

Cut your reeds if they are too long for your bottle, and place them in the oil.
After a while, you can turn the reeds over.
And then eventually, the reeds will become so saturated, that they no longer wick up the oil.
That means its time to replace them, with new ones!
It will take a Long time, for the liquid to completely evaporate.
Along the way, you can always add more drops of your essential oil, to freshen your bottles. 

The study of fragrance, goes back to the beginning of time, so I promise you, you can find a lot of interesting info to study.

So by now, you are probably wondering what fragrances fit into the Top, Middle and Base Categories.
I think that you wont be terribly surprised, but here are ONLY a FEW possibilities.

Keep in mind that there are hundreds...The Fun of it is choosing Your Favorites! 

 Top Note Examples...Anise, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint and Tangerine.

Middle Note Examples ..Bay, Cinnamon, Jasmine, Nutmeg, Pine, Rose, Ylang Ylang.

Base Note Examples ..Beeswax, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Vetiver.

These are only a FEW suggestions!

You Can't Go Wrong!

And, if you want to simplify and just put 20 drops of Peppermint in your bottle, that will work, TOO!

I sprinkle a few drops of  Peppermint essential oil on my rugs, right before company arrives.
(I also used it when we had our house on the market, right before a showing!
Peppermint is invigorating!)

One of my last guests said that my 4 year old house still smelled Brand New!
I smiled...because...
I promise you, with two Large Country dogs, a cat and two humans...the house 
DOESN'T Always smell... Brand New! :) 


I think at the very least, you will have Fun, but more than that...fragrance, can Effect our Moods and we wont even know that it is there or why we are feeling like we do.

Take for instance, ANY modern store...they are all pumping well researched subtle fragrances in our little noses, selected JUST for stimulating us, to want to BUY their products!!

And finally, as I sit here typing this posting, with the heavenly combination of fragrances, still on my fingers, Don't Forget, to write down your fragrance recipe!
 You may blend one that you Really Love and want to make again...and I promise you...with all of the things that you do in a day...that recipe will fly Right Out of your sweet brain!

Keep in mind, that some Essential Oils can burn some skin so they should be studied and suspended in a carrier to dilute them. Oils are great for that purpose.... 

I hope this was fun for you.
Go Ahead...become a Mad Chemist, too!!!

I hope you will let me know what some of your successes are, because Ill probably want to Make It!!

Thanks for stopping by to read my hastypearl blog!
Oh...there is still time, to read my previous posting, and leave a comment for my 
First Hastypearl Blog Give Away...

Or, catch up with me on Facebook and say hello!

Go ahead and check it out.
My drawing will take place on March 23rd...

xoxo Laura 

...and by the way, my three combos were:

 * Lavendar, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver

* Lemongrass, Pine, Vetiver

* Peppermint, Rose Otto, Geranium  



  1. Wow! So informative :-) bless you Laura for taking the time and trouble to post this xxxx

  2. Marilyn, it was fun...making it and posting about it. My hands still smell great, and the rooms are starting to fill up with the fragrances :) Laura

  3. Loved this idea, can't wait to try it,

    1. I thought you might like this! Glad you solved the commenting problem :) thanks , Marti!